APPT Sydney: Packed program in the Poker Pit

There’s an awesome buzz around Star City Casino tonight – big money up for grabs, top pros battling it out at final tables, high-stakes cash games heaving and the players’ party about to kick-off.

Having just celebrated out final visit to the Garden Buffet and gorged down the last of the bread and butter pudding in record time, here’s a quick wrap-up of what’s going on around the room tonight.

• The PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final is into level 25, with blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 5000 ante. Martin Rowe is a huge chip leader (5.5 million ahead of Sydney pro Jason Gray (1.6 million), Canada’s Tony Basile (1.1 million) and Antonio Fazzolari (1.1 million). Rowe is ideally positioned to keep the APPT Grand Final title in Sydney after Grant Levy’s win last year.

• The $3000 heads-up event has reached round three with players progressing from round two including David Steicke (who defeated last night’s $1000 NLHE event winner Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker), Joon Hee Yeh, Bill Jordanou (after a surprise win over Team PokerStars Pro Lee Nelson), Roy Vandersluis and Terrence Chan.

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Bill Jordanou wiped the smile from Lee Nelson's face

The prize pool for the heads-up event is AUD $41,520 for first, AUD $23,700 for second, $15,360 for third and $15,360 for fourth.

• We’re down to four in the PokerStars.net APPT Sydney High Roller event after the first hour of play. The five players to be assured a cash were Andrew Pantling (270,000), Jarred Graham (190,000), Sam Korman (190,000), Adriano Cendron (75,000) and Jeff Lisandro (58,000).

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Sam Korman is on a charge in the High Roller

Graham crippled Lisandro with aces against jacks to send the 2007 WSOP bracelet winner to the rail in fifth.
Then ‘Colonel’ Sam Korman used kings to remove his closest rival Andrew Pantling (jacks) in third, to give the Melbourne veteran a massive chip lead over Graham and Cendron. They’re playing for a first prize of AUD $222,000.